Carbon Disclosure Project – Supply Chain Footprints for Big Companies

01 February 2008

Dell, HP, L'Oreal, PepsiCo, and Reckitt Benckiser have joined original members Cadbury Schweppes, Imperial Tobacco, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Tesco and Unilever in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) initiative. What they're trying to do is to create a single standardised approach to providing key climate change information throughout their supply chains.

In the pilot stage, each member of the SCLC has chosen to work with up to 50 suppliers to identify their carbon emissions and build up a picture of the total emissions throughout their supply chain. This should be done by the end of the first quarter of 2008, and will provide a baseline for partners to work together to reduce their carbon footprint. The full project will kick off in May 2008, and the CDP is looking for more companies to join its initiative.

"By bringing together the purchasing authority of some of the largest companies in the world, CDP will encourage suppliers to measure and manage their greenhouse gas emissions," says Paul Dickinson, chief executive of CDP. "This will enable large companies to work towards measuring their total carbon footprint, as this is the first step to managing and reducing it."

The CDP was launched in 2000 at 10 Downing Street. It's funded by a variety of organisations, including five national governments and agencies, charities and companies. Over the past seven years they've built the world's largest repository of corporate greenhouse gas emissions data in the world, with an aim of 'facilitating dialogue' between shareholders and corporations on climate change.


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